Stories by FSA Andy

FSA Andy advice on marketing loans

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello again! The Wayne County Fair starts Sept. 11. It remains the largest Junior Fair in Ohio, with over 350 dairy projects, 350 swine projects, 150 lamb projects and 125 steer projects, along with numerous horse, goat, rabbit and poultry projects. This fair is also the least expensive to attend, with gate admission only $2 […]

FSA Andy deadline reminders

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hello again! It is time once again for the big yellow school bus to start rolling down the road. Parents everywhere will be reminding their children to “Hurry up and eat your breakfast. You better not miss that bus. Don’t forget your lunch or lunch money.” Sound familiar? As a mother, I feel like I […]

Conservation Reserve Program deadline of Aug. 27 is sneaking up

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hello again! Decision, decisions, decisions. Something we must make every moment of every day. Right now I am trying to decide how to write an informative but not too lengthy article on the many options available when it comes to enrolling land in the Conservation Reserve Program. It is a good thing this computer comes […]

Deadlines for ACRE and SURE are approaching

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hello Again! The next 30 days around our house are going to be rather stressful. Well, for mom at least. First, my baby will be entering her senior year of high school. Ever since kindergarten, she has faithfully gotten up every morning to see me off to work at 6 a.m. Only one more year […]

Sign-ups for Conservation Reserve Program underway

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thanks to this gorgeous summer weather, I have been able to take an enjoyable walk at least three nights a week. When one takes a leisurely stroll, you cannot help but take pleasure in the sights and smells around you. The black eyed Susan’s (one of my favorite flowers) are in full bloom. The smell […]

FSA will be conducting compliance spot-checks

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello again! The “dog days” of summer have arrived. The weather has definitely been on the extremely hot side , but I guess we can take solace in the fact that at least there isn’t 2 foot of snow on the ground and below freezing. That will come soon enough. We have been fortunate to […]

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hello Again! Last week I alluded to having the formula for skunk stink. Specifically, the solution to remove the smell not create it — fool with skunks and they can create it for you. I have a Lab that seems to think that everything that comes around either wants to play with or be killed […]

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hello Again! Once again, it’s my turn to write FSA Andy this month. Everybody always shoves July on me because nothing major is going on and nobody else can think of anything to write, so they pass it on to the crazy man. I’d like to do some magic or card tricks, but you reading […]

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hello Again! Today I want to give you several reminders about some FSA program deadlines. We have a lot of activities going on at the FSA office these days, so I wanted to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. I want to let you know about filing prevented planting and getting all your […]

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello Again! Many farmers count on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for program guidance and assistance. Now, they have a chance to help us out! FSA is currently seeking election candidates to serve on our local County Committees (COC). Serving on the COC is an excellent way to represent and protect the needs of your […]

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello Again! Everyone loves the color green, especially when it comes to money! If you are participating in any of the Farm Service Agency’s programs and love the green assistance we provide, make sure to complete the following: FSA producers are required to certify compliance with Adjusted Gross Income provisions to participate in our programs. […]

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hello Again! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of May. Before we know it, it will be Memorial Day weekend, kids will be getting out of school, and spare time will be spent at numerous graduation barbecues. Ready or not, summer is right around the corner, and so are some important Farm […]

FSA Andy says May is deadline to apply for MALs and LDPs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hello Again, Is it spring or summer? The beautiful, warm and relatively dry weather lately has really confused me! It is only the beginning of May and some days it already feels like summertime. I’m not going to complain about it and I don’t think the farmers will either. While the weather is cooperating and […]

2010 DCP and ACRE signup will end June 1, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hello Everyone! Spring is one of my favorite seasons, especially this year after the cold, white winter we endured. It has never been more exciting to feel the warm sunshine with the cool breeze, to view the new spring growth, and to hear the loud roars of the tractors as the farmers being their spring […]

FSA encourages producers to report prevented planting, failed crop acreage

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hello Again! And a warm welcome to the beautiful springtime weather! With spring planting upon us, the Farm Service Agency encourages producers to report any prevented planting acreage or failed crop acreage that will not be brought to harvest to their local FSA office. Failed acreage must be reported to FSA before destroying and replanting […]

FSA Andy says farm storage facility policy is changing

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recent changes have been made to USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities. It has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligibility To be eligible, cold storage facilities must have […]

FSA’s guaranteed loan program assists farmers, agricultural lenders

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hello again, friends; The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. The guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender such as a bank, savings and loan, or Farm Credit. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and […]

FSA youth loan program gives teens a helping hand

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hello again, The Farm Service Agency has a loan program to help rural youth establish and operate income producing agriculture projects. The youth loan program is connected to their participation in 4-H or FFA, and the project must be planned and operated with the assistance of their adviser and parents. The project must produce sufficient […]

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hello Again! The Farm Service Agency has loan programs to assist beginning farmers and/or members of socially disadvantaged groups to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. Each fiscal year FSA targets a portion of its loan funds to beginning […]

FSA Andy for Feb. 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hello again, I cannot recall a February with this much snow and indeed in many places record snowfall has been recorded, and the month is not over. I neglected to connect the electric fence after feeding the cows last Saturday morning and upon checking them in the afternoon found my biggest cow had simply stepped […]

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FSA Andy is written by USDA Farm Service Agency county executive directors in northeastern Ohio.